Facelifted 2010 Nissan Qashqai on sale in NZ

Facelifted 2010 Nissan Qashqai on sale in NZ

Nissan’s European-designed, British-built Qashqai compact hatch is evolving with the release of the 2010 model here in NZ. The new Qashqai comes packing a new look and improvements in specification and efficiency.

In Europe, and increasingly in New Zealand, the Qashqai has become a new alternative to both the traditional hatchback and the bulkier SUV. The Nissan Qashqai has notched up 600 sales in New Zealand since its launch a year ago, a significant achievement for what is still a niche segment model.

“The Qashqai has played a key role in reinforcing Nissan’s position as an innovator in the European market, and its introduction here has provided a spur to sales,” said John Manley the Managing Director of Nissan New Zealand. “It now accounts for almost 10 percent of our sales, and this is expected to increase with the arrival of the 2010 models. We see the Qashqai cementing its position as a design and innovation leader, providing an exciting alternative to traditional hatches.”

The arrival of the 2010 model brings new refinements and some additional specification as standarFor the top-of-the-range Ti model, the equipment list now includes new features such as standard panoramic sunroof, dual zone auto climate control air conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, and the Nissan Intelligent Key for keyless starting and entry/locking.

Aero efficiency improvements have reduced combined-cycle fuel consumption to 7.6l/100km for the CVT auto (a 0.29 l/100km saving over the previous model).

New features for the lower-spec Qashqai ST includes: steering wheel audio, Bluetooth hands free phone system, and drive computer controls and new exterior styling. Existing standard equipment on the Qashqai ST models include: Cruise control with steering wheel controls, air conditioning, disc brakes all round, ABS/EBD with Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS), MP3 aux input, and six airbags including front to rear SRS curtain airbags.

In terms of styling the most notable changes from the outside are a completely revised front end. An all new bonnet, front bumper, guards, grille and headlamps combine to give the Qashqai upgraded look. Styling changes at the rear are limited to a new, clear lens cover for the reversing and turn indicators, and a lower red section for the LED brake and park lights.

Additionally, a new 18-inch light alloy wheel design is fitted to the Ti.

New interior appointments include a chrome framed instrument cluster design. Between the two principal dials is a redesigned drive computer with a white LCD screen showing average fuel consumption, distance travelled, elapsed time, range and cruise control settings.

Oddment storage has been improved to boost convenience, with a new cubby at the base of the central dash column. This is ideal for holding a portable audio player.

The Nissan Qashqai was designed at Nissan Design Europe based in Paddington, London. Principal engineering was undertaken at Nissan Technical Centre Europe, in Bedfordshire, UK. The Qashqai models for New Zealand are manufactured at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, in the northeast of England.

Qashqai Pricing May 2010

Qashqai ST CVT $35,900
Qashqai TI CVT $39,900

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